Time of Remembrance

James G Wheeler

Age:

38

Hometown:

Spokane, wa

Date of Death:

2004/09/24

Incident Location:

Ennis,Mt

Military Branch:

USMCR

Rank:

Ssgt

Unit:

I&I staff 4th CEB A co

Unit Base:

Charleston WV

James Glynn Wheeler was a staff sergeant for the United States Marine Corps. James was born on June 25, 1966 and was from Spokane, Washington. On September 24, 2004, he died in a non-hostile incident in United States at the age of 38. James Glynn Wheeler was a staff sergeant for the United States Marine Corps. James was born on June 25, 1966 and was from Spokane, Washington. On September 24, 2004, he died in a non-hostile incident in United States at the age of 38.

The journey to find my brother.

I was placed up for adoption at birth and was reunited with my birth family in 1996. I was told I had an older brother who was a Marine. I was so excited to learn that. Unfortunately he lived in Massachusetts and I wasn’t ever able to meet him. You see our Dad wasn’t the best father and James and Dad hadn’t spoken in years. So I had no way of contacting James to tell him I was his sister and how much I love him. Even though we never met he is my blood and I love him. Years past when I heard the news that James was missing from his base is Charleston, WV. The marines said he was a deserter but I knew something was not right. I knew from talking to my grandfather (Ret) Lt Co. Glynn Wheeler that James lived and breathed for the Marine Corps.

It just took a piece of me and shattered it into pieces knowing in my gut that James wouldn’t be seen alive. He suffered from Depression and PTSD and also had a drinking problem obviously due to his depression. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan and had been a Marine Reservist for 18 years up to 2004. Nine months later I was informed by a friend that he saw in the newspaper in Montana that my brothers’ body was found June 27, 2005. That is the exact same day my fiancé, Travis, was killed.

How much more pain could I take in one day. I have been doing everything in my power to make sure James will forever be honored and remembered for the hero he will always be to me. I called the Madison County Sheriff Department where he was found. They gave me the coordinates where James was found. I have them tattooed on my forearm so I will always know where he is. His Mom, we have different moms, had him cremated and spread his ashes near where he was found.

I wish I could say I knew James but as you can see we never met but I know he is in heaven smiling and proud of his little sister.  ♡♡ Ana R.